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The Premier League Team Of The Season (So Far): No Chelsea Or Manchester United But Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton

Peter takes advantage of the copious amounts of spare time these days to pick the best eleven to start the season. Manchester City, Blackburn and Aston Villa benefit from form while only Big Two from the Big Four find themselves represented.

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It’s been more than a week, and it feels like I’ve sat through the whole summer again waiting for the Premier League to begin. International football has gone to pot over the last few years and I find it extremely rude that they disrupt our proper football right at the start when it was beginning to get interesting. So in keeping with my mood I decided to compile my Premiership eleven of the season so far.

And we want to know who your team of the season so far is, so leave them in the comments.

Goalkeeper:

Scott Carson, Aston Villa.

I considered putting in Robert Green after he saved the penalty against Reading but after shutting Newcastle out at St James’ Park and keeping Chelsea out at Villa Park a week later I think Carson has been the better performer. Kasper Schmeichel has been very good too but he looks a bit dodgy from crosses and has been blessed with 2 excellent centre backs in front of him during the games he’s played.

Right Back:

Alvaro Arbeloa, Liverpool.

Although he’s played predominantly at left back for Liverpool this season he is naturally a right back and has probably been Liverpool’s best defender this season. He’s made penetrating runs from the back and even had a hand in a couple of goals. No-one else has really stood out which makes his choice easier.

Left Back:

Gael Clichy, Arsenal

Many Arsenal fans have been asking ‘Ashley who?’ so far this season and rightly so. Clichy has looked solid at the back and extremely dangerous going forward too. He has pace to burn and never seems to get tired which is quite unfair if you’re an opposing right winger.

Centre Backs:

Micah Richards, Manchester City

What else is there to say about this kid? He’s strong, fast, good in the air, good on the ball and he’s honest too. He can play anywhere along the back line because of his superior athleticism but he can also score goals down the other end. He really is the complete defender and if City can keep hold of him then their defense can only benefit.

Jolean Lescott, Everton

Continuing the trend of slightly strange first names we have another central defender who can play anywhere along the back line and is extremely athletic. Lescott has an eye for goal as well as being an extremely difficult defender to play against.

Right Mid:

Mikel Arteta, Everton

He can strike a dead ball possibly better than most in the Premier League and with astonishing accuracy most of the time. Everton have benefited on more than one occasion from Arteta’s corners or free kicks. Many weren’t sure whether he could cope with the more physical English league after plying his trade up north but he’s passed every test with flying colours.

Left Mid:

David Bentley, Blackburn

Another whose delivery is spot on more times than not, which has merited his call up to the England squad. He can use either foot, can go past players and can score goals. What more could you want from a wide player? Other than not making the nation hate him.

Centre Mids:

Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal

All of the pressure that was heaped on Thierry Henry’s shoulders the previous two seasons has now been firmly placed on the young Spaniards’. So far he’s dealt with it very well, scoring in the process. Everyone knew his passing abilities from before and if you watch him closely he hardly makes any mistakes but he’s also added goals and a willingness to get stuck in to his repertoire this season.

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool

I know most of you (Liverpool supporters not inclusive) will say that he’s only played twice in the league so far which is less than half but as most Liverpool supporters will tell you ‘Steve Gerrard Gerrard, he’ll pass the ball 40 yards, he’s big and he’s fookin ard’. I think I’ve made my point. I defy anyone to name a more complete player, he can defend, he can create and he can score. He has blistering pace and doesn’t shirk a challenge. If Jesus was a footballer he’d be Steven Gerrard.

Forwards:

Nikolas Anelka, Bolton

Despite Bolton’s poor form so far this season Anelka has shone. An indication of this was all the late transfer speculation linking him with a move to Man Utd. I think many were surprised after taking into account his past. He’s almost averaged a club every season in the last few years but he’ll be at Bolton until January and he’s shown he can score great goals too.

Fernando Torres, Liverpool

I think the jury was out on Torres, especially after he missed that penalty against Portsmouth in the pre-season tournament. After he scored that goal against Chelsea though it was evident he was class through and through. His only failing is that he tries to do too much, forgetting he’s surrounded by quality unlike his time in Madrid. He combines pace and strength with passion and clever finishing, attributes that make a complete striker.

That team would definitely take some beating, on the field and fantasy football-wise too! So just 3 more days till we get our beloved Premier League back.

I can’t wait for proper football again!